Barr comfirmed as Labor’s leader

Yvette-Berry

Labor’s Deputy Leader Yvette Berry.

ANDREW Barr will remain Labor leader, and therefore Chief Minister, following a meeting today of the Labor Party’s Assembly caucus.

Yvette Berry was also unanimously elected Deputy Labor Leader.

TheLabor team is made up of seven women and five men and Berry said she was proud to have a leadership role in a caucus with such strong representation of women.

“Working for the empowerment and equality of women is a passion of mine and an area where I’ve led significant change as a minister, particularly around domestic and family violence and gender equity in sport,” she said.

“One of my first acts as deputy leader will be to represent the ACT at the COAG national summit to reduce violence against women and their children in Brisbane this Friday.

 

 

“I have dedicated most of my working life to getting a fair go for people who do it tough. I grew up in public housing, went to public school, worked in hospitality and then at United Voice advocating for people on low incomes and in insecure jobs, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, young people and sole parents.

“I entered politics because I wanted to give a voice to all these people and the success I’ve had rests on listening to the community and bringing their views into the decision making of government.”

New faces Rachel Stephen-Smith and Gordon Ramsay were chosen to be ministers in the next Assembly and will work alongside continuing Ministers Meegan Fitzharris and Mick Gentleman.

Deputy Speaker, Joy Burch was nominated as Speaker for the Legislative Assembly.

Portfolio allocations will be made next week, following the swearing in of the Chief Minister by the Assembly.

 

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